What types of cars do you rent?

Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

Where can I get my rental car?

The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

Car Rentals made simple

Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Rental Cars in Abu Dhabi (UAE)

000040-suv-carhireTo get the best deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great deal on car rental in Abu Dhabi (UAE), then the Car Hire Assistant website is place to be. We are a price comparison site specialising in car hire, not just local hire, but international car rental in any of one the 175 countries we cover, which includes 30,000 rental locations. With some 550 suppliers, we are confident that we can present you with the best prices and range of options for you hire car in Abu Dhabi (UAE). Of course, we don't just limit ourselves to local suppliers, where appropriate, we will also seek prices from many of the major international car rental companies, which includes; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. 

The service is free and you will not be charged a booking fee. The prices are fully inclusive and completely transparent, therefore you do not have to be concerned about hidden charges, something we have all experienced at one time or another. Too good to be true, well not really, at Car Hire Assistant, we believe your rental price should include such necessities as; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Taxes and Credit Card Surcharges. We think the search and the subsequent booking for you hire car in Abu Dhabi (UAE) should be as painless as possible, therefore we provide you with a wide range of options, clear pricing, great prices, a simple, 3 stage booking process. 

Don't be concerned that you may miss out on special offers from rental companies in Abu Dhabi (UAE), if they are running promotions, we will include this in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy.

It doesn't really matter where you are travelling to in Abu Dhabi (UAE), or where it is most convenient to collect your hire car, be this at an airport, train station, city location, holiday resort or railway station. There really is every possibility we will be able to accommodate your wishes. 

At Car Hire Assistant, we truly believe that it is important to be completely open about everything. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that laws and regulations are different in every country and this, would of course, include Abu Dhabi (UAE). Similarly, some terms can vary between rental operators, albeit in a minor way, therefore we ensure that the terms and conditions are made available to you to enable you to truly compare your options. Full range of car rental options available in the UAE from Car Hire Assistant, including sports cars, roadsters and soft top cars and 4x4's.

We offer a wide range of vehicles in Abu Dhabi (UAE), however, the full extent will be determined by the local operator and your chosen rental location. The types of vehicles will include economy and compact models, family cars estate cars (station wagons), multi-purpose vehicles (also referred to as MPV's, people carriers or vans), prestige car including Mercedes (E Class, S Class, BMW 5 Series and 7 Series etc) and four wheel drive vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's) or 4x4's. In some larger locations or cities, we can also provide sports cars or high value prestige cars (Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin etc). 



About the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is situated in the southeast of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south. It shares sea borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north. The UAE is a constitutional federation of seven emirates; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Qaiwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah, each governed by a hereditary emir, with a single national president. The rules retain absolute power within their emirate. The United Arab Emirates has a land mass of 51,946 miles (about the same size as Austria) and the largest emirate is Abu Dhabi accounting for 87% of the UAE land area measuring 41,843 square miles. The UAE has a total population of 4.7m (2010). Some 80% of the UAE is desert with the largest natural harbour at Dubai. 

The capital of the United Arab Emirates is Abu Dhabi and the largest city is Dubai. Whilst English is spoken in popular tourist areas, the major language is Arabic. The main industries within the UAE are oil, gas and tourism, the latter being part of the diversification programme adopted by the country. Currency is the Dirham. The UAE is home to the world's tallest building, The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which opened in January 2010 and boasts 162 floors, it is 828m high. 

The UAE is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world, the jewels in the crown are unquestionably Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi welcomed 2.6m tourists in 2011, whilst Dubai is forecasting a visitor total of 9m in 2012, compared with 8.2m 2011. Around 1 million British nationals visit the United Arab Emirates every year. While Abu Dhabi has remained relatively conservative in diversifying into tourism, Dubai, which has far smaller oil reserves, has been much bolder and, based on tourist numbers, more successful. Whilst Gulf States tend to be conservative, the UAE is one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, with other cultures and beliefs generally tolerated, particularly in Dubai. The consumption of alcohol is allowed only by non-Muslims in licensed restaurants, pubs, clubs, and private venues. You must be 21 or over in order to drink alcohol legally in the UAE (18 in Abu Dhabi). Alcohol is not available in Sharjah.

Buying or selling drugs is considered a very serious crime in the UAE, which can result in term of life imprisonment. In addtion, some medicines which are permitted in the Uk, but contain psychotropic substances are forbidden. If you are taking prescription drugs, it is advisable to carry a doctor’s note and if you are bringing prescription drugs into the UAE you may need to seek prior agreement from the authorities. 

For visitors, the UAE is considered very safe, with many of the comforts of home. The UAE caters well for visitors with shopping areas full of designer clothes, superb beaches and excellent restaurants. The more energetic may want to go for a 4WD desert safari or a more pedestrian camel ride, dive into the coral-filled waters, or enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery. Visitors should note than many beaches are attached to hotels and a charge may be levied for using the facility. In addition, rip currents are a major hazard; therefore, even the strongest swimmers should exercise caution when swimming in the sea. Abu Dhabi has the world's fastest roller-coaster as well as the world's largest indoor theme park. Alternatively, if it is a little hot, located in Umm al-Quwain, is the Dreamland Water Park which is the largest in the UAE and one of the largest in the world.

With the exception of Sharaj, the nightife in the UAE is very lively. It can include sophisticated cocktail lounges, British or Irish pubs, piano and jazz bars, cabaret shows or clubs and bars with Dj's. The dress code is generally casual. But many bars and clubs prevent shorts, jeans, and sandals. Nonetheless, in spite of this openly thriving nightscape, you can't escape the fact that it is a traditional and a Muslim country with many traditional values.

For example, whilst dancing is allowed at licensed clubs, dancing in public is classed as indecent and provocative. Similarly, open expressions of affection, such as kissing in public are considered an offence against public decency. Holding hands is okay, but only if you are married. Emiratis dress conservatively in traditional dress and can be offended when people dress inappropriately or not in accordance with Islamic values. In public places, clothing should not be transparent, expose parts of the body, or display offensive pictures or slogans. Swimwear can only be worn on beaches, in water parks and at swimming pools. Swearing or making obscene gestures is also illegal and some offenders have ended up with 6 month sentences. 

In the United Arab Emirates, sex outside of marriage is illegal and if any offenders are brought to the attention of the UAE authorities they run the risk of prosecution, imprisonment and/or a fine and deportation. Same sex marriages are not recognised. Similarly, cohabiting in a hotel if you are not married is also considered an offence.

The shopping capital of the UAE is undoubtedly Dubai, referred to as ‘the shopping capital of the Middle East’, however, Abu Dhabi is gaining fast and Sharjah, Ajman and Ra’s al-Khaimah have recently opened new shopping malls. Prices in the UAE are generally competitive, however, the key is to negotiate wherever possible in fact, in souqs prices can drop dramatically and bartering is expected. That said, major stores in shopping malls quote fixed prices and bartering is not accepted.

Located in the Deira area of Dubai is the Gold Souk which has more than 300 dealers in jewellery, primarily gold jewellery and diamonds. In fact, Dubai’s trade in gold and precious jewels represents around 25% of the emirate’s non-oil trade. Many people go to Dubai for the shopping and visitors should not miss the exceptional, tax free deals at the 'Mall of the Emirates' and the large number of other shopping malls, complexes and souks located all over Dubai. There is also a huge complex of duty free shops at Dubai International Airport. 

The Cultural Sites of Al Ain (Hafit, Hili, Bidaa Bint Saud and Oases Areas) are a World Heritage Site and the following are on the 'tentative list; Al Bidya Mosque, Ed-Dur Site, Khor Dubai, Settlement and Cemetery of Umm an-Nar Island, Sir Bu Nair Island and The Cultural Landscape of the Central Region in the Emirate of Sharjah. 

The best time to visit the UAE is from October to May. Whilst the weather can still be relatively hot, up to 35°C, it remains pleasant with blue skies and warm evenings. Daytime temperatures fall to around 24C from December through to January, and evening temperatures fall to an average of 14°C. There can be heavy downpours between December and March, but these are short-lived. From March through to April, temperatures steadily rise from 24°C to 30°C and sometimes above. Generally speaking, with temperatures in the high 40's and 100% humidity, June to September should be avoided.

Most of the major car rental firms are represented in the UAE, but prices vary considerably and therefore the advice is always to shop around. Visitors hiring a car will be issued with a UAE temporary driving permit by car hire companies on presentation of a valid national or international driving licence. A temporary driving permit from any emirate allows visitors to drive throughout the UAE. Petrol is cheap, but it should be noted that traffic regulations are strictly enforced. Drinking and driving is prohibited and if you fail to heed this law, you could be held personally responsible for any damage or injuries and, face imprisonment. It is also an offence to carry alcohol in your car if you do not hold the special alcohol licence. The wearing of seat belts is compulsory and children under 12 cannot use the front seat. 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offers the following additional advice. If you have a motor accident, ensure you follow the rules of the Emirate in which you are travelling. In Abu Dhabi, if no one has been hurt and vehicle damage is minor, drivers should move their vehicles to the side of the road to avoid blocking traffic; otherwise, the vehicles should not be moved. In Dubai, you should only move your vehicle if it is causing an obstruction to other motorists. In the other Emirates, you may only move your car if the accident is minor and both parties agree on who is responsible for it. In all cases, the police must be called, and it is an offence to leave the scene of the accident before the police have arrived. Even minor expressions of 'road rage', such as rude gestures, can attract significant penalties. It is very much in your interests to display calm at all times.

Taxi's are readily available and can be flagged down in the street, booked through your hotel or pre-booked by telephone. Taxi's are relatively inexpensive in the UAE. Whilst most tourists travel by taxi, there is also an efficient bus service, generally mini-buses and all are air conditioned. In Dubai, there is also the option of water taxi's or the Dubai Metro, which also offers a regular service from the airport.

Planning your Trip

Things always seem to go better when they are carefully planned and flying to another destination is no exception. Plan well and all things being equal, you should have an uneventful trip with less stress. Here are the top tips:

Before you leave

  • Ensure that you have your airline tickets, vouchers for hotel bookings, car rental and/or airport shuttle transfers, your passport, visa (if required), money, credit cards and travellers cheques. If you are renting a car at your destination, make sure you have your driver's licence (paper and photo) and, if necessary, an international drivers permit. These items should all be kept in your hand luggage.
  • Familiarise yourself with the 'banned item' list, these change from time to time, but it is important to know what can go in your hand luggage, what must go in the hold and what you simply cannot take with you.
  • Avoid wrapping items such as gifts or presents because these may be opened by security at your departing or destination airport.
  • If you are taking essential medicines, ensure that that they are in their original packaging and, if they are prescription drugs, try and get a letter from your doctor confirming that these have been prescribed for you. Also remember, that is some countries, certain drugs are banned, even if you have been prescribed them by your doctor. If in doubt, check with the airline and/or embassy.
  • Make sure that you choose comfortable clothing, especially if it is a long journey, also be cognisant of the weather at your destination, which may influence your choice of clothes.
  • Check the weight of your luggage. Most airlines have a strict policy on exceeding baggage limits and airport surcharges can be very expensive. In addition, some airlines will not allow you to pay in excess at checkin, which could lead to delays and inconvenience.

Heading for the airport

  • Always remember to allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. As a general rule, if you are taking an international flight, you should aim to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to departure. For local or domestic flights, at least one hour.
  • Make sure you know what terminal you are departing from, some airports are very large and the distance between the terminal buildings can be considerable.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport. Road maintenance often happens at night, and this can occasionally lead to unexpected road closures, so check before you travel and allow ample time for your journey. If you are travelling during the day, then traffic may become your curse, once again, check on travel information sites and allow extra time for unexpected delays.
  • If you are driving to the airport yourself, it is advisable to book your airport parking in advance. Many websites no offer this service and it can be much cheaper than attempting to find parking on arrival.
  • If you are using public transport to get to the airport, then make sure you have booked advance tickets and also, that there are no planned maintenance (in respect of railways) or anticipated road works in the case of coach travel.
  • If you are travelling by hire car and intend to leave it at the airport, make sure the rental company has facilities to allow you to drop it off. Not all car rental companies have airport facilities, many are located just outside.

On arrival at the airport terminal

  • Since 2001, airport security has been tightened considerably and, on occasion, additional security measures are employed at very short notice. As a consequence, the amount of time taken to go through airport security has lengthened considerably and it can also be unpredictable, especially if additional measures have been introduced.
  • Make sure you are familiar with what you can take through security, particularly in relation to banned items and liquids. Remember, even if you have purchased something at the airport (such as drinks), you may not be able to take it through security and/or on the airline.
  • You must keep your baggage with you at all times. In part because of the security issues at airports, but also because it will almost certainly contain your essential travel documents and you would not want to lose them or have them stolen. You should never look after the belongings of other people or agree to carry anything onto the aircraft on their behalf.
  • Once you are through passport control and security, make sure you keep a close eye on the 'departure boards', many airport no longer make verbal announcements and you need to know which gate number your flight is departing from. Also consider the amount of time it takes to get from where you are to the gate, some airport are very large, such as Heathrow and it can take up to 30 minutes to get to the gate.

On the plane

  • If you are going on a long journey, then try to relax and get some sleep. For shorter journeys you may want to read a book, watch a movie or listen to music on your MP3 player. So make sure you have packed laptops, tablets and/or music players into your hand luggage.
  • It is advisable not to eat too much on long haul flights, because this can lead to an inability to sleep or indigestion. Move around the aircraft as much as you can to keep your circulation working. If you have flight socks, then consider using them.
  • Avoid too much alcohol, but drink plenty of other beverages to avoid dehydration.
  • Even if you are a seasoned traveller, it is worthwhile spending a few minutes to decide exactly what you need from your hire car. 
  • When considering the type of vehicle you wish to hire, consider the passengers and the luggage. Hiring a Suzuki jeep for 4 people with luggage could really be a problem. All too often hirers count the seats, but not the luggage.
  • If you are going on holiday and want to relax consider carefully whether you want a manual or automatic gearbox. 
  • Most cars have air conditioning as standard, but some of the economy vehicles may not, therefore if this is important to you, check carefully before you book and upgrade to the next model if necessary.
  • If you are not familiar with the country you are travelling to, then you need to think ahead. Planning the journey from your arrival airport to your destination is often overlooked. Do you need a local map, SatNav or will you take written directions? There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport in the middle of the night and getting lost! 
  • Do you need booster seats, child seats or a ski rack? These are often available from the hire companies at an additional charge, but they have to be booked in advance.  
  • Will you be the only driver? Some rental companies will allow a second driver at no additional charge (or for a small fee), but this needs to be booked in advance.
  • It is recommended that you remove the identiying tag from the car key ring and keep it in a safe place until the termination of your hire to avoid highlighting that you are a tourist and using a rental car. 
  • One Way Hires or dropping the car off at a different location can be convenient, but expensive. Most car hire companies allow this option, but it is worth checking the difference between these options and returning the car to the airport terminal. 
  • Check the terms of your hire carefully. Some rental companies will supply the car with a full tank of petrol and will expect you to return it with a full tank. If you don’t, then there could be additional charges levied and the cost of fuel may not be the most competitive. If your car is not provided with a full tank of petrol then you should plan to stop as early as possible refuel. 
  • Before you accept the car, make sure you check the condition carefully, noting any damage, including scratches, dents, tyres or windscreen damage. You should ensure that these are written on the handover form to avoid any arguments when the vehicle is returned. Also remember that, as the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that the hire car meets local road and traffic regulations, this includes, but is not limited to tyres, lights, wipers and brakes. If you are not happy, reject the vehicle and ask for an alternative. 
  • Above all, familiarise yourself with the car before you drive. Being in a different country with an unfamiliar car can be stressful. Take your time.
  • Rules of the road and more specifically traffic laws and regulations vary enormously between different countries. Therefore, whilst your drivers licence may be valid, your appreciation of local driving laws may not. To avoid frustration, fines, arrest or accidents, all travellers would be well advised to familiarise themselves with the local driving regulations before they embark on their journey. Many European countries also impose 'on the spot' fines for offences such as speeding. Also worth noting is that the car hire company will hold you personally liable for any fines incurred whilst you are using the vehicle, for example, parking fines

Guide to common rental car definitions:

These definitions are provided only as a guide and it essential that you refer to the terms and conditions of your rental agreement for specific terms relative to your hire.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), also referred to as: Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
If the hired car or any of its parts or accessories is damaged other than by theft, attempted theft or vandalism, while on rental, CDW limits your liability to the amount of the non-waivable excess, if any, which applies in each country, provided that you have adhered to all the terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement. CDW does not cover any damage caused as a result of theft, attempted theft or vandalism.

Theft Waiver (TW)
It is an insurance offered by the car rental firm limiting your liability to the excess amount in case of theft of the vehicle. This does not over negligence, if for example you can't return the ignition key, or you left it in an unsafe place, you could be liabel for the full cost of the vehicle, as would be the case with most domestic car insurance policies.

Third Party Liability Protection
Offers protection against any third pary liability such as damage to another vehicle or personal injuries to an individual not travelling in the hire car. TPLP typically does not have an excess or deductible amount to pay.

Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW)
Covers tyres, roof and windscreen.

Personal Insurance (PI) Insures against the cost if you accidentally kill yourself or a passenger. (Also see ALI below)
Personal Effects Cover (PEC)
Covers property that has been stolen from a vehicle.
Additional Liability Insurance (ALI)
This is an optional insurance that protects the hirer and other other authorised drivers against claims made by third parties for personal injuries, death and property damage caused by the use of or the operation of the rental car.


The top 20 tourist destinations around the world for British nationals are as follows; 1. Spain 17m, 2. France 14m, 3. USA 6.5m, 4. Ireland 3.579m, 5. Italy 3.5m, 6. Greece 3m, 7. Germany 2.372m, 8. Portugal 2.254m, 9. Turkey 1.920m, 10. Cyprus 1.3m, 11. China (including Hong Kong) 1.212m, 12. Egypt 1.202m, 13. UAE 1.1m, 14. Thailand 812k, 15. India 734k, 16. Australia 670k, 17. Canada 650k, 18. South Africa 451k, 19. New Zealand 300k, 20. Pakistan 285k.

The coveted, top 10 most visited countries in the world are; 1. France 75.5m, 2. United States 50.9m, 3. Spain 48.2m, 4. Italy 41.2m, 5. China 31.2m, 6. United Kingdom 25.2m, 7. Russia 21.2m, 8. Mexico 20.6m, 9. Canada 20.4m and 10. Germany 19m.

According to SkiHorizon, the top winter ski resorts were Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy. The French preferred, Val Thorens, Les Deux, Avoriaz, Les Arcs 1800, Les Menuires, The village of Les Coches, Saint Sorlin d'Arves, Risoul, Tignes Val Claret and Plagne Bellecote. For the British, it was; Morzine, Les Arcs, Saas Fee, Serre Chevalier, Avoriaz, La Plagne, St. Anton, Megeve, Puy St. Vincent and Alpe D'Huez. Whilst the Dutch opted for Risoul, Val Thorens, La Plagne, Saint Sorlin 'dArves, Menuires, Les Deaux Alpes, Avoriaz, SFL, Arca and Oz.

Although France leads the league table in terms of visitor numbers, the top spot in terms of revenue earned from tourism goes to America (World Tourism Organisation figures for 2010) of $103.5bn. 2. Spain $52.5bn, 3. France 46.3bn, 4. China $45.8bn, 5. Italy 38.8bn, 6. Germany $34.7bn, 7. United Kingdom $30.4bn, 8. Australia $30.1 bn, 9. Hong Kong (China) 23bn and 10. Turkey $20.8bn.

The worlds safest roads based on the estimated number of road traffic deaths per 100,000 of population are; 1. Netherlands(49), 2. Sweden (53), 3. Norway (56), 4. United Kingdom (57), 5. Switzerland (69), 6. Germany (71), 7. Finland (72), 8. Denmark (74) 9. Japan (75) and 10. Iceland (79).

The top selling cars in Europe in 2011 are; 1. VW Golf, 2. Ford Fiesta, 3. W Polo, 4. Opel Corsa, 5. Renault Clio, 6. OFord Focus, 7. Opel Astra, 8. Peugeot 207, 9. Fiat Punt0, 10. Renault Megane, 11. VW Passat, 12. Nissa Qashqai, 13. Fiat Panda, 14. Citroen C3 and 15. Skoda Octavia.

The Abu Dhabi aviation sector is due for strong progression in 2012, based on the latest OAG data.

Seat capacity is anticipated to expand to 9.9 million (one-way) this year, up 12 % from 8.9 million in 2011.

The most recent figures illustrate that the capital of the United Arab Emirates is still outgrowing not just the worldwide aviation industry, but also the Middle East aviation market which expects a six per cent growth in seat capacity this year.

The number of departures from Abu Dhabi International Airport is predicted to increase by 8 % this year, from 50,700 to 54,600.

The fact that the number of seats occupied increases faster than the number of flights underlines a tendency towards long haul flights operated by bigger aircraft. Abu Dhabi’s growth as a global aviation hub is aided by the success of Etihad Airways, which accounts for a 71 per cent market share in 2012.

The national airline will offer approximately 7 million seats at Abu Dhabi International this year, an improvement of 900,000 seats or 15 %. Immediately behind Etihad are Qatar, airberlin and Air India Express which each account for 3 % of the local market.

The most significant sector for flights to and from Abu Dhabi is Asia, with 3.5m one way flights flown this year, followed by the Middle East with 3m seats and Europe with 2.2m. Nevertheless, the most vibrant market is currently Africa.

The continent produced a 25 % increase in seats flown (up to 672,000), with Europe and Asia being the other important growth markets (up 17 % and 15 % respectively).

The most recent OAG data was published in advance of the 18th World Route Development Forum which will take place from September 29th to October 2nd 2012 in Abu Dhabi.

It is the biggest global function of its kind, identifying the future of air services. Hosted by Abu Dhabi Airports Company, the 2012 event is expected to attract over 2,750 delegates from over 120 nations, which represent over 300 airlines and 750 airports.

David Stroud, executive vice president, Routes commented: “The fact that Abu Dhabi one of the global centres of aviation growth makes it more than fitting that the city hosts the world’s civil aviation community this week for its largest annual gathering.

“The decisions that will be taken at World Routes in the coming days will shape air services for years to come.”

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Etihad Airways is keen to expand its footprint in South America, said President and Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, on Friday. Mr Hogan said that the airline is currently in discussions with South American-based carriers about potential commercial partnerships.

Etihad Airways currently has 38 codeshare partnerships with airlines around the globe, resulting in a combined network of 323 destinations, more than any other Middle Eastern airline.

Beyond its own organic growth, codeshare partnerships and equity stakes are a significant and growing part of the airline’s expansion strategy. Etihad Airways holds a 30 per cent stake of airberlin, 40 per cent of Air Seychelles, 3 per cent of Aer Lingus and 10 per cent of Virgin Australia.

The airline will launch its first route in South America on June 1, 2013, with daily non-stop flights between Sao Paulo, Brazil and its home base of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Etihad Airways’ service will also provide seamless connections from Brazil to the airline’s global network, offering connectivity over Abu Dhabi to markets in the Gulf Co-operation Council, the Indian Subcontinent and Asia.

Mr Hogan spoke of the significance of the new route, in particular the economic impact.

“Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, now ranking as the sixth largest since overtaking the UK in 2011. Bi-lateral trade between Brazil and the UAE is valued at nearly US$3 billion annually, with authorities aiming to lift this to US$10 billion within five years.

“There are 25 major Brazilian companies with offices in Abu Dhabi. Mubadala, the development company of the Government of Abu Dhabi, last year signalled its intent to begin investments in Brazil, valued at up to US$13 billion.

“According to the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Brazil trade volumes with the Arab world grew by 28 per cent in 2011 to reach US$25 billion. This is forecasted to grow by a further 10-15% this year.

“In addition to supporting the growing ties between Brazil and the Middle East, this new route complements Etihad Airways’ recent expansion in North Asia, including the recent introduction of services to Chengdu and Shanghai and the upcoming increase to daily Tokyo services with connections to Nagoya from April 2013.

“With some of the fastest connecting flight times to China and Japan, Brazil’s largest and fifth largest trade partner, respectively, Etihad Airways is providing vital air links between the world’s major emerging markets.”

Mr Hogan was in Sao Paulo late last week to meet prominent local diplomats, travel industry executives, media and corporate representatives.

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Abu Dhabi has been named as the ultimate beach holiday destination ebookers.com Beach Reporters. The claim concludes a three week, 30,000 mile search across Europe, Egypt and UAE for the ideal beach destination.

The Mediterranean-inspired St Regis resort in Abu Dhabi’s, which is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city on Saadiyat Island, was found to tick all the boxes.

Abu Dhabi is proving to be a new, undiscovered gem amongst the British as ebookers.com searches to this culture rich emirate have a year-to-date increase of over a third (37%) from the same period last year. Similarly, searches to other destinations favoured by the Beach Reporters have soared since the beginning of the year compared to 2011, including Dubrovnik (58%) and Mallorca (39%).

ebookers Beach Reporter Nicola Rawson, comments; “Our task – to find the ultimate beach resort – has drawn to a close and our winner was without a doubt the stunning natural beach at the St Regis Hotel, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.

“It has it all – peace, serenity, soft white sand, gently shelving warm waters, privacy, comfort and sophistication. When we arrived in Abu Dhabi, we knew it was special and it quickly became our ultimate beach destination.”

Al Zarouni, UK Country Manager at Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority comments; “It is great that Abu Dhabi has been chosen as the ultimate beach destination.

“Abu Dhabi boasts 400 kilometres of pristine coastline and 200 natural islands and one of the world’s most modern cities blending a buzzing lifestyle with breath-taking sights including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.”

In May this year, ebookers.com, one of Europe’s largest online travel agents, carried out research to discover more about couples’ holiday habits. The poll of 2,000 adults revealed that 72% of Brits favour a beach holiday, so ebookers’ recruited the Beach Reporters to help find the ultimate beach destination.

The couple was selected after successfully completing a four stage interview process which included a written application, a short telephone interview, Facebook fan votes and a face-to-face interview testing their written and presentation skills.

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Dubai is the number one destination for holiday deals this autumn, and the second-most popular autumn destination overall after New York, according to new figures from leading travel website dealchecker.co.uk.

Dubai‘s profile as a holiday hotspot has risen dramatically this year. The number of Brits searching for cheap holidays to Dubai this spring and summer rose 36%t compared to the same period last year, and new ACI Passenger and Freight Flash Reports show that Dubai International Airport posted a 13.7%r-on-year increase in passenger traffic in the first half of 2012.

Mark Attwell, MD of dealchecker.co.uk, comments: “Cities across the Middle East and Asia have grown in popularity this year, from the relatively nearby Dubai and Istanbul to far-flung hotspots like Hong Kong and Beijing. From London, you can fly to Dubai in the same time that it takes to drive to Scotland, making this exciting and family-friendly city more accessible than ever.”

Visitors are not just arriving in greater numbers but staying for longer holidays; the average stay has increased by five per cent, according to new statistics from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, with many travellers staying for a week or more.

dealchecker.co.uk anticipate that this visitor growth will continue, evidenced by the construction of 11.000 new hotel rooms in the booming city. This increase ensures that cheap hotel deals remain easy to find for the ever-growing numbers of holidaymakers in Dubai.

Attwell continues: “Brits have discovered that Dubai is a unique destination for fun and affordable holidays, with the big-city attractions of New York, the desert glamour of Las Vegas, and world-class beaches, theme parks, shopping and amenities to top it off.”

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Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) are set to launch their largest roadshow in Saudi Arabia in a bid to further increase the number of visitors from the Kingdom.

The roadshow will include stops in Jeddah, Riyadhand Dammam which will begin on August 26. The delegation comprises more than 20 of Abu Dhabi’s leading tourism sector stakeholders,including airlines, hotels, attractions, and tour operators.

“This is a physical illustration of the growing strategic importance of the vital Saudi source market to Abu Dhabi’s immediate and long-term tourism objectives,” said Mubarak Al Shamisi, Saudi Arabia country manager, TCA Abu Dhabi.

Overall hotel guest arrivals last June 2012 increased year-on-year by 17 per cent, with 6,661 Saudi Arabian guests accrued across Abu Dhabi’s hotels and hotel apartments — a 57 per cent increase on the same month last year, according to recent TCA Abu Dhabi figures.

Approximately 36,430 Saudi Arabian hotel guests stayed in Abu Dhabi’s hotels and hotel apartments during the first sixth months of this year – a 36 per cent rise on the equivalent half-year in 2011.

“Geographic proximity is one of Abu Dhabi’s many selling points to Saudi tourists,” added Al Shamisi.

“As well as sharing borders, our two peoples are united in various aspects of our cultures. Abu Dhabi has become a home-away-from-home for thousands of Saudis eyeing short leisure breaks, cultural excursions and business trips in a familiar and nearby environment.”

With large numbers of Saudi nationals traditionally travelling to Abu Dhabi by land, improved air links from numerous Saudi gateways to Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) have increased travel options. Among the road show stakeholders, Etihad Airways, the UAE’s award-winning national carrier, operates 42 weekly services between AUH and three Saudi cities, including 13 flights to both Riyadh and Jeddah and 16 services to Dammam. Additionally, Saudi Airlines operates daily services to AUH from both Jeddah and Riyadh, while NAS Air operates a daily flight from Jeddah.

“Connectivity between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia is better – and more affordable – than ever,” added Al Shamisi.

The Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority was named Middle East’s Leading Beach Destination, Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards in 2012. It also won Middle East’s Leading Marketing Campaign by the prestigious awards body.

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A total of 1.2 million guests stayed in Abu Dhabi’s hotels and hotel apartments during the first six months of this year – an increase of 14 per cent on the first half of 2011.

Figures just released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) show in all 1,189,995 guests checked into hotels and hotel apartments throughout the emirate from January to June this year accounting for some 3,369,228 guest nights – an increase of nine per cent on the comparative six months of 2011.

“This is a very encouraging performance which leaves us well on track to attain our yearly target of 2.3 million guests,” said his excellency Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general, TCA Abu Dhabi.

“The task ahead is to maintain the momentum but we are relatively confident of doing this as we look forward to a season ahead packed with major events, including the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Abu Dhabi Art and the planned November opening of Yas Waterworld – which will be the UAE’s largest water park – and will further heighten the entertainment proposition of Yas Island.

“In addition, we anticipate Abu Dhabi’s hosting, this September, of the World 18th Routes Development Forum bringing a significant number of aviation and airline senior personnel to the UAE capital.”

A stellar June performance of 205,950 hotel guests – figures this year were up 17 per cent on June 2011 – helped achieve the record half yearly results.

Most key markets returned an increase in hotel guests over the six months with the exception of the UK, USA and France.

The UK slipped two per cent to 71,465 with a five per cent drop in guest nights to 298,969, which still left it top of the international performance ranking.

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